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INTRODUCTION Chinese is the world's largest ethnic group but few health-related quality of life (HRQoL) measures have been tested on them. The aim of this study was to determine if the standard SF-12 was valid and equivalent for a Chinese population. METHODS The SF-36 data of 2410 Chinese adults randomly selected from the general population of Hong Kong(More)
OBJECTIVES To find out whether the SF-36 physical and mental health summary (PCS and MCS) scales are valid and equivalent in the Chinese population in Hong Kong (HK). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING The SF-36 data of a cross-sectional study on 2,410 Chinese adults randomly selected from the general population in HK were analyzed. RESULTS The hypothesized(More)
OBJECTIVE There are increasing expectations on primary care doctors to care for patients with common mental health problems. This study examines the outcomes of a postgraduate training course in psychological medicine for primary care doctors. METHODS A questionnaire developed by the research team was sent to the Course graduates (year 2003-2007). A(More)
We identified a predominant clone of Clostridium difficile PCR ribotype 002, which was associated with an increased sporulation frequency. In 2009, 3,528 stool samples from 2,440 patients were tested for toxigenic C. difficile in a healthcare region in Hong Kong. A total of 345 toxigenic strains from 307 (13.3%) patients were found. Ribotype 002 was the(More)
This study investigated the transmission dynamics of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a tertiary referral surgical unit with 300 beds. All adult patients were actively screened for MRSA by culture at hospital admission and twice weekly thereafter during hospitalisation from 1 October to 31 December 2008. The colonisation pressure per(More)
BACKGROUND Among Western countries, it has been found that physicians tend to manage their own illnesses and tend not have their own independent family physicians. This is recognized as a significant issue for both physicians and, by extension, the patients under their care, resulting in initiatives seeking to address this. Physicians' personal health care(More)
BACKGROUND Group learning is the core of problem-based learning (PBL) but has not been extensively studied, especially in Asian students. METHODS This study compared students of PBL and non-PBL curricula in students' talking time and participation in small-group tutorials in a medical school in Asia. The proportions of student talking of 46 tutorials in(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to examine the reasons why primary care doctors undertake postgraduate diploma studies in a mixed private/public Asian setting. METHODS Twenty four past or current postgraduate diploma students of the family medicine unit (FMU) of the University of Hong Kong participated in three focus group interviews. A structured(More)
One thousand workers intended to be employed in a compressed air tunneling project in Hong Kong had preemployment medical examinations for fitness to work in compressed air. Only 69.3% were declared fit and the overall unfit rate was 22.1%. The major disqualifying medical conditions were lung and heart abnormalities and chronic otitis media. Chest x-ray was(More)
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